Listen to WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE by Cliff Richard.
This is such a strange song for me. I am as big an anglophile as I hope you'll ever meet--collecti[ng] NMEs in college, knowing more about the Johnstone's Paint Trophy than who made the Final Four, to name two examples of thousands, but every once in awhile, I'm reminded I don't actually know much about that culture at all. Like, how do you explain Cliff Richard?
When I read the man's biography, I don't even know where to start. It reads like it's in a foreign language, I don't recognize any of it. I don't know any of the Shadows tunes, I don't know any of the scores of movies he's been in, I can't fathom how he's had a chart hit in England each of the last six (!) decades (today's song gave him his only chart-topper in the 70s). The man has had like 140 singles, he's bigger than Elvis over there. Yet the only song I know, and what reminds me that at the end of the day, I'm an American, is We Don't Talk Anymore.
This 1979 tune hit pretty well over here, and I think even had an MTV video, which is where I think I first heard it, as a 1st grader. It's a good tune, but nothing too special, which makes me wonder why I always play it on every jukebox I can. It must be patriotism.
Photo: Merritt Parkway (2).